The Susquehanna men’s lacrosse team is looking forward to
continuing its efforts in establishing itself as a national
contender. The 2012 Susquehanna team enters the season with much
optimism as the program welcomes a strong group of newcomers, along
with an experienced group of upperclassmen.
Head coach Stewart Moan is confident the program is poised and ready to propel itself forward to contend at the conference and then national level. Many young players with college minutes under their belts are ready to become major contributors, along with some new talented faces that are eager to contribute and help the team achieve their goals.
Susquehanna University will rely on that combination of experience and depth and young talent to challenge for a top spot in the Landmark Conference Tournament. The Crusaders must be more consistent against the top teams in the region in order to make this a reality, but the competitive schedule should help to prepare the Crusaders for any postseason competition.
The attack will be led by seniors Dustin
Breakey and Luke Delavan, last
year’s top two scorers, while sophomore Austen
Lein is developing into a top attackman, as well.
In addition, sophomores Peter Doelp and J.B. Montanye look to contribute to the offense.
Junior Marcus Cheatham, the 2010 Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Conference selection, remains a key part of the SU midfield. He will be joined in the midfield by seniors Billy Spack, Matt Weiner and Tim Pastore, a returning All-Conference player, along with juniors Tylere Fritts and John Kerrigan.
Sophomore Pat Brogan will add great depth to the midfield along with quickly developing freshman Ryan Natusch (Daniel Hand, Conn).
Defensively, the midfield will be anchored by All-American candidate Cheatham who will be supported by sophomore Matt Brady and freshman Carmen Roroha (Bishop Eustace, N.J.).
Moan is excited about the returning defenders. Overall, the defense has a solid mixture of youth and experience, led by junior co-captain Dave Rinaldi. Alongside him will be senior Carl Mueller, junior Ryan Brim, and freshman Reid LeDonne (Charlotte Latin, N.C.).
At long pole midfield will be junior Brian Sowyrda and sophomores Jake Farrell and Peter Donley.
The goalkeeping duties will be led by returning Second-Team All-Landmark Conference goalie Jordan Daney, who had strong fall practices and is looking to lead the Crusaders this spring.
Along with Daney is fellow senior Anthony Maiorella and junior Will Torrence who both provide SU with great depth at this position.